Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, The Band, Traffic, Etc. – 1970 Trans Continental Pop Festival Concert Poster (AKA Festival Express)
An original concert poster advertising the Trans Continental Pop Festival’s two June 1970 dates at the CNE Grandstand in Toronto, Canada. Performers included the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, The Band, Traffic, Ten Years Aftere, Delaney & Bonnie, Mountain and Buddy Guy.
From Wikipedia: The Trans Continental Pop Festival was staged in three Canadian cities: Toronto, Winnipeg and Calgary, during the summer of 1970. Rather than flying into each city, the musicians traveled by chartered Canadian National Railroad train, in a total of 14 cars (two engines, one diner, five sleepers, two lounge cars, two flat cars, one baggage car, and one staff car). The train journey between cities ultimately became a combination of non-stop jam sessions and partying fueled by alcohol.
A highlight of Festival Express, the 2003 documentary about the tour, is a drunken jam session featuring The Band’s Rick Danko, the Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir, New Riders of the Purple Sage’s John Dawson as well as Janis Joplin.
The tour ultimately began in Toronto at the CNE Grandstand, which was plagued with about 2,500 protestors who objected to what they viewed as exploitation by promoters charging $14 per ticket…They attempted to crash the gates and scale the fence, and clashed with police, resulting in injuries to both protesters and policemen. To help calm the crowd, Metro Police Inspector Walter Magahay asked the promoter, Ken Walker, to lower ticket prices, but this would have left the promoters unable to pay the musicians. Subsequently, Jerry Garcia, in conjunction with Magahay, was instrumental in calming the unruly crowd by arranging a spontaneous free “rehearsal” concert in nearby Coronation Park upon a flatbed truck, while the scheduled show continued at the stadium…Largely due to less than predicted turnout…the project ultimately lost between $350,000 and $500,000 for the promoters. Although the tour was a financial failure, it produced many notable performances, including some of the final performances by Janis Joplin, who would die about three months after the end of the tour. In the film, Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead said, “Woodstock was a treat for the audience, but the train was a treat for the performers.” Jerry Garcia later said that what he remembers most about the tour is being “so blisteringly drunk”.
17 1/2″ x 22 1/2″. In Near Mint condition, with a bit of light toning at the extreme borders from having been matted and framed. With Recordmecca’s written lifetime guarantee of authenticity.
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